If your business is like most businesses, you rely on the Internet as a way of getting new customers, holding onto existing customers, and selling products or services. You cannot afford to have your website go down, nor can you afford to have your website load slowly.
As a savvy business owner, you know that even a one-second delay can lead to an 11 percent decrease in page views. This means that one out of every 10 visitors is just going to click away from your site while it is still loading.
In this guide, we are going to talk about our top five picks for web hosting options in Canada. However, if you're looking for an all in one package, take a look at Hosting Canada's writeup comparing some of the biggest blog builders based on features, usability, and price.
HostPapa is the first name that people think about when thinking about hosting companies in Canada. Something that sets HostPapa apart from the competition is the fact that they were one of the first green hosting companies on the planet. What’s nice is that going green was not just a fad for them but something that they continued.
As a tried and tested Canadian hosting company, HostPapa sets their price in Canadian dollars as opposed to USD. They offer a lot of cool perks, including free migration from your old host if that’s something that you need, free SSL security, and a free domain name. We like the fact that they offer their clients a free 30-day money-back guarantee.
If you are trying to target customers in Canada, HostPapa has a fast server. However, if you are looking at targeting viewers outside of Canada, then you are going to use Cloudflare CDN as it comes free with all plans. Their plans are affordable, with some of their basic packages being as little as $2.95 a month if you purchase a three-year plan.
• Starting Price: $2.95 a month
• Support via phone, tickets, live chat
• Disc Space 100 GB
Since the early 2000’s, Montreal-based Web Hosting Canada has been providing Canadians a reliable service. Search engine optimization, email marketing plans, domain names, and hosting are just a few of the services that this company offers. They offer shared hosting, cloud server plans, and dedicated server type plans.
Like HostPapa, WHC charges in Canadian dollars. Their least expensive plan is going to run you around $3.89 Canadian each month. They offer phenomenal support in both English and French.
When it comes to speed, since they have a data center in Vancouver and another data center in Montreal, they are able to provide speedy service regardless of where you are in the country. The data center that is used for your site will be determined based on your location. If you are looking to reach clients outside of Canada, Cloudflare CDN is included with each plan. The servers use solid-state drivers, which are faster than traditional mechanical drivers.
• Price: $3.89 Canadian
• Support live chat, tickets, and phone
• Unlimited disc space
3. WP Engine
WP Engine is going to cost you just a little bit more than the competition, but in exchange for this extra price, you are going to get top-of-the-line managed WordPress hosting. Their in-house custom caching system has been built to serve pages with lightning speed. When you combine that with their CDN, they host WordPress faster than the majority of their competition.
Right off the bat, you are going to appreciate their 24 hour a day seven day a week support. Their staff are experts in dealing with WordPress issues. Also, they handle WordPress core updates so you do not have to be constantly thinking about them. Their real-time threat detection helps keep your site safe without you needing to worry about it.
Since they have data centers around the world, including in Canada, if your target market is Canada, your clients are going to experience a faster website loading speed. However, thanks to their free CDN, you will be able to reach customers around the world with ease.
• Price: $35 USD
• Live chat, phone support, and tickets
• Unlimited disc space
One of the awesome things about HostUpon is their commitment to providing local support and sales staff for Canada. It makes a big difference.
HostUpon offers shared hosting, which the majority of new businesses need. They also offer WordPress hosting, reseller hosting, and dedicated servers. This company is backed by three decades of hosting experience and it shows in the way that they maintain their servers, care for their customers, and go about handling security.
Canadian customers benefit from the fast data center located in Toronto. There are also three data centers in the United States. Plans come with unlimited disc space and a price locking feature. This means that you will consistently pay the same price even if the price new customers pay goes up.
The least expensive plan allocates 40 percent of one CPU’s core resources. Their premium unlimited plans offer 100 percent of CPU resources, so you can choose your plan based on your resource needs.
• Price: $2.96 USD
• Support via live chat, phone, and tickets
• Unlimited disc space
For more than a decade, GreenGeeks has led the field in energy-efficient web hosting. They have been able to achieve some phenomenal feats thanks to their wind energy program.
This hosting company has powerful servers in Canada, but they also have powerful servers around the world. Even their basic plans offer customers unlimited disc space.
Over the years, they have branched out to reseller plans, shared hosting plans, and WordPress plans. They offer their clients all of the perks you would expect from a high-end web hosting company, including CDN integration, SSD storage, free website migration, and free SSL. If you’re not happy with the service they provide, you can benefit from a 30 day money back guarantee.
• Price: $3.95 USD
• Disc space unlimited
• Support tickets, live chat, and phone
There you have it. Here is our quick and dirty rundown of the top five hosting companies in Canada. Are there hosting companies you feel we should have added to this list? If so, let us know what you think in the comments section below
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